Fall Resulting in Injury at an Anaheim Nursing Home or Assisted Care Facility

There is no excuse for a fall resulting in injury at an Anaheim nursing home or assisted care facility.  Recent statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted that the average number of falls in a nursing home across the US is 2 per bed per year.  This is an astonishing statistic, and speaks to the national and local issues of understaffing and lack of appropriate supervision and care being delivered at many Anaheim nursing home and assisted care facilities.  Patients who are being neglected may attempt to get out of bed to simply use the rest room, or to seek a glass of water.  When staffing levels are appropriate and the skill and certification of health care providers meets California’s rigid standards the incidence of injury drops substantially.  If your loved one was injured in a fall at a nursing home or assisted care facility you should

Compensation for Elder Abuse Claims

  In cases involving compensation for elder abuse claims or neglect of an elder (or dependent adult as defined by California law), there are different damages that are available, depending on what the Plaintiff can prove. Elder Abuse plaintiffs are typically entitled to the same types of damages as any other personal injury plaintiff is afforded which may include: lost earnings, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, future medical costs, loss of ability to provide household services, and pain and suffering damages. Additionally, the spouse of an Elder Abuse plaintiff can have a claim for loss of consortium. Family members of the elder victim may have a cause of action themselves for emotional distress. In addition to these damages, if an Elder Abuse plaintiff can prove that the defendant acted with recklessness, oppression, fraud, or malice, a Plaintiff could get enhanced remedies including attorney’s fees and costs.  Additionally, punitive damages could

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Orange County

A recent story of a facility owned by corporate parent company covenant care exposed two specific lawsuits against one of the largest local nursing homes, and multiple stories of nursing home abuse and neglect.  The stories are maddening.  We place our seniors in the care of nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities expecting them to receive proper care and good treatment.  We expect them to receive at least the minimum care mandated by California law, and that their needs are provided for. We do not expect them to develop bed sores, experience injuries due to a fall, or to face over-medication in an attempt to make them more compliant requiring less attention throughout the day.  All of these are signs of nursing home abuse and neglect, and there is something that your family can do about this. My name is Rivers Morrell, and I have more than 40 years of

Largest Nursing Home in California Faces a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The largest nursing home in California faces a wrongful death lawsuit.  Centinela West, the largest owner of nursing homes in California has faced several allegations of injuries resulting from falls, neglect, and abuse in the past.  A recent lawsuit adds “wrongful death” to the list of allegations against the 81 nursing home group.  The most recent lawsuit was brought by the family of a woman how had only been in the care of the nursing home for five weeks.  She arrived at a local hospital with advanced pneumonia, dehydration and other signs of neglect.  The doctors at the hospital were unable to save her life, and communicated their concerns to the family.  The family appropriately filed a wrongful death action against the nursing home and the ownership group. Centinela West has long been on California state agency watch lists, as reports of elder abuse, neglect, injuries and other wrongful deaths

Slip and Fall Negligence Elder Abuses Cases

One of the most common types of elder abuse claims stem from a slip and fall negligence at a nursing home resulting in injury.  Unfortunately, many elderly residents of nursing homes are high fall risks, and require extensive assistance with their mobility and activities of daily living. Without proper supervision, these elderly residents are at a high risk to fall and injure themselves. If a nursing facility has not properly assessed a resident’s fall risk, or taken the proper precautions to prevent a resident from injuring themselves from a fall, there may be liability on the nursing home for elder abuse, and for the resident’s injuries. Some verdicts and settlements from some recent cases shed some light into these types of claims. In a recent 2015 case, a plaintiff sued Grandview Palms Nursing facility. She had suffered 16 falls at the facility, without any changes in her patient intervention plans,

Anaheim Nursing Home Slip Fall or Drop

A very sensitive topic to discuss, is the proper treatment of our loved ones that reside in Anaheim and Orange County nursing homes. Although the vast majority of nursing homes...

Nursing Home and Elder Abuse in the City of Anaheim

Anaheim is home to over a dozen skilled nursing homes some of which have been sued in the past for nursing home and elder abuse. When you entrust your loved...

Slip and Fall Injuries in a Nursing Home

Have you or a loved one sustained slip and fall injuries in a nursing home or assisted care facility?  California laws provide extensive protections for patients who are injured in a slip and fall in a nursing home in Anaheim, Mission Viejo and Irvine or anywhere Orange County.  These facilities are required by law to maintain high levels of qualified staff and to ensure additional protections are taken to prevent injuries to their patients.  Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted in a recent study California has one of the highest rates of injury to nursing home patients in the nation. My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience as an injury attorney based in Mission Viejo and Irvine and serving all of LA and Orange County I am deeply concerned about the number of slip and fall injuries in our nursing homes each

Injuries from a Fall in an Orange County Nursing Home

Are you concerned about a beloved family member who suffered injuries from a fall in an Orange County nursing home?  How can this happen and who will hold them accountable for these serious injuries? The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted in a recent study the risk of a fall resulting in a potentially serious injury at a nursing home or skilled nursing facility was quite high.  The CDC provide statistics which showed an average of 2 to 3 falls for every bed in these facilities each year.  A broken pelvis and serious head and brain injuries are the most common injuries from a fall in an Orange County nursing home.  Head injury is the also the most likely reason for an accidental or wrongful death in skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes throughout California. It is quite shocking to learn in the CDC report 27% of the falls

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse in Orange County

Nursing home neglect and abuse in Orange County can result in personal injury liability under California law.  What are some of the most important signs of nursing home neglect and abuse?  You and your family should be concerned by: Dehydration – the failure to provide consistent fluids such as water, coffee, tea and juices is one sign of nursing home neglect and abuse.  Your loved one will show symptoms of dehydration such as dark urine or difficulty with urination, dry and dark sunken eyes which aren’t as moist as usual, headaches, mouth dryness and thickened saliva.  Additional symptoms can include convulsions, low blood pressure, severe cramping, as well as rapid breathing and pulse. Sedation / Overmedication – Sedation and over-medication is a common strategy which allows the staff of a nursing home or extended care facility to make less regular visits to your loved one’s room to check on and care
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